Canadian Rural Innovation Summit




12:00 – 12:55

Doors & Registration (Coffee & Light Refreshments provided by INspire Café)

1:00 – 1:10

Welcome from QuinteVation

1:15 – 2:10

Session 1 // Business Growth – Acquisition, Sale, Succession: In this panel we’ll hear directly from successful entrepreneurs as they discuss the different ways an owner can grow their business through either acquiring another business, selling part or the whole of their business or succession planning. Our panel of experts will discuss the full range of options owners have to grow and scale a business and share their experiences of business growth and the tools they had available to them within the Quinte Region.

2:20 – 3:30

Workshop 1 // Valuing Your Business: Have you ever wondered what your business was actually worth? What factors do people consider when buying or selling a business? What obstacles might I face when considering purchasing or selling a business? In this workshop our expert will engage you to think about these questions and help you answer the question “what is the value of my business?”

Workshop 2 // Growth Through Financials: How does investing, insurance, loans and debt management play a role in the growth of a business? Find out from our expert how integrating all of these factors into your business can maximize the potential for financial growth and protect the business that you have worked so hard to maintain.

3:30 – 3:55

Break: Provided by INspire Cafe

4:00 – 4:50

Session 2 // Personal Growth – Planning & Wellness: Can mental wellness help prepare us for the journey to successfully grow our business?  What are some of the methods successful business people use to chart a course to business growth and ensure they are identifying the signposts along the road?  In this exciting and reflective panel discussion, hear our panel experts discuss the benefits of planning for success and how personal wellbeing can better help manage that growth.

5:00 – 5:25

Speed Date : Social Media – It’s time to amplify your social media game!  In this twist on a popular theme, you will have 2 minutes to meet, like, share and post with a new contact on your favorite social media platforms. When the bell rings, it’s on to the next new contact.  Grow your contacts and gain new followers. Share, like and hashtag everything about your business to your new audience.  #growyourfollowers

5:30 – 6:30

Workshop 3 // Recruit & Attract:  Are you trying to find the right people to grow your group of employees?  Do you have the tools necessary to make your business stand out to attract the best talent out there?  Are you tired of getting the same old responses to your job posts?  Well look no further, this workshop will give you the tools necessary to attract and recruit the talent you really want.

Workshop 4 // Business Culture:  What impact does business culture have on our employees, ourselves and the growth of our business?  Can we alter the culture in our business to meet the changing demands of the workforce and industry expectations?  In this workshop you will hear real life entrepreneurs discuss how their business culture has helped them maintain a strong workforce and a successful business.

6:40 – 6:50

Closing comments from QuinteVation

7:00 – 8:30

Local Makers Sampling // Join us for an evening of networking and sample the local culinary, wine, beer, and beverages from makers around the region.

Canadian Rural 
Innovation Summit


For more information and questions please contact Alyssa Engelsdorfer at or Rob Clute at